Grinnell College

376 reviews
  1. Grinnell, IA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Grinnell College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112

Grinnell College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
SAT Range
1290-1500
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$24,896/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,112/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,858/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,302/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,792/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,148/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
90%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,672Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    36%
  • Dedicated
    29%
  • Smart
    21%
  • Atypical
    7%
  • Invested
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Self-Gov
    79%
  • Great atmosphere
    21%

After Grinnell College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

376 reviews
  • Excellent
    74
  • Very Good
    163
  • Average
    103
  • Poor
    25
  • Terrible
    11
Grinnell is an academic rigorous school with a strong sense of diversity and community. Some people find the location to be a negative based on where its located, but I find it to be a positive. We have students coming from all over the country and world, so its definitely a global school, but there is not only a strong community, but students actively choose to be there. They provide many opportunities on and off campus too for students. Provides great financial aid and resources for all students to take advantage of. Many clubs and organizations to join and many concerts, events, performances and speakers to keep you entertained.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago
The CLS, from the few times that I have been there, has been extremely helpful. With help in polishing a resume or cover letter to finding resources that can put you in touch with alumni in your field, the CLS is great! They are accessible and the closeness of the community, like with the Externship program and alumni events, make me feel a wee bit less stressed about my future.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
The professors really care about their students, and strive to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Especially with first-year students, professors do their best to make sure that they know all about the college, outside community, and academic expectations. The coursework is very difficult. I took IB classes in high school, and my senior year HL classes were on par with the level expected for incoming first-year students. Though the coursework is demanding, the environment is accommodating. For example, many students stay up late into the night to do work, but they do so in groups with trips to the Grille for food and coffee. The professors are willing to discuss any problems you are running into, especially around assignment scheduling. Their focus is on your work quality over quantity, so due dates are often negotiable if you find yourself stuck in a hectic schedule. The work load ebbs and flows, with a few key weeks known as Hell Weeks sprinkled in. While these weeks are challenging for all, the campus hosts events such as 1am pancakes and Puppies and Pancakes for stress relief and study breaks. The classes are very small, with the average being 15 or less students. This makes classes great for discussion. The reading load in many classes is heavy, and the expectation is that you not only read the material, but synthesize and analyze it. This is challenging for many students, but the Reading Lab and Writing Lab are always there for support.
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago